It appears that 67 Burbank Unified teachers will be spared from layoffs after the district and the teachers union agreed to a schedule of unpaid work furlough days. The union membership still must ratify the plan, but the tentative pact looks promising.
School district officials have warned that the save is only temporary, and that without long-term changes to salaries and benefits, both sides will face the same problem this time next year.
Three of the six furlough days will fall on instructional days, which means the concessions will affect students, the one group that has no say at the bargaining table. Nevertheless, the two sides have managed to avoid the big whacking stick for now, allowing at least some breathing room as Sacramento struggles to get its own house in order.